Name: Adrianna Lopez and Paul Olson
Location: Belmont Shore, - Long Beach, California
Size: 1600 square feet
Years lived in: 2 1/2 years
I met Adrianna through a friend who shared a few pictures of her stylish home. I was blown away by the cultured aesthetic and attention to detail. When I met Adrianna in person, her fun personality matched the aesthetic and I couldn't believe that this was her first try at interior design. I am pretty certain that she could turn it into a full-time career.
It is so hard to select a favorite room in Adrianna and Paul's home, but if I must choose I would have to say their master bathroom is pretty amazing. Paul told Adrianna that he wanted the bathroom to feel like a jungle. After sitting with the idea for a while, she pulled together her best design. It really does look like you are showering in an exotic outdoor location. The sun even beams in through the skylights above - perfection! Adrianna - can I move into your bathroom...please?
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Eclectic and comfortable with modern pieces of furniture that remind us of our favorite things and places
Inspiration: Our travels have been our biggest inspiration. In order to keep the integrity of the house, Spanish and Moorish architecture played the main role for us during our remodel. As a result, we enjoy it in every room!
Favorite Element: One too many to mention - the deck, the kitchen, the front garden; however, we absolutely love our master bathroom tile!
Biggest Challenge: Creating an open master bathroom (no doors) with lots of natural light through the walkable skylights located above our deck - privacy provided by our beautiful plants! Now, should I say it one more time? Certainly did to the contractor.
What Friends Say: Well, our friends now want to come and visit all the time; they say that they feel as if they were somewhere overseas in a fabulous spa-hotel, where the service sometimes is a bit slow. I tell them yes, definitely in need of room service!
Biggest Embarrassment: After calculating and calculating and the last time calculating my front entrance tile, I was short 10 pieces!! It cost us an expensive overseas air shipment and a month delay on the project.
Proudest DIY: Creating our succulent front garden, where we hand picked every single plant and tree from various sources from Escondido to North Hollywood.
Biggest Indulgence: Our walkable skylights by far; the sunlight that filters in the bathroom over the plants is amazing.
Best Advice: Best advice - don't be afraid to change contractors in the middle of the project. If you are not happy - STOP - regroup and start fresh; don't compromise your design or ideas because at the end you are the one who is going to enjoy it. Also, if you are doing a remodel and have the budget, hire an architect to give you an overall realistic picture of your project.
Dream Source: Oh boy lots! Los Angeles flea markets, Beverly Blvd. and 3rd St. are filled with great independent boutiques. Wertz Brothers, HD Buttercup, 1stdibs, Badia design, Cisco - the hunt is what I love!
Resources of Note:
Very lucky that the O'Keefe & Merritt stove and the Northstar fridge came with the house. It worked perfect with the decor.
All original hardware that came with house
- Custom made
- Cisco Home
We buy lots of accessories when traveling
- Corbett Lighting
- Cabbage White - Farrow & Ball
- Blue on deck - custom made
Refinished the original hardwood floors
RUGS & CARPETS
- H.D. Buttercup
- ABC Carpet
TILE & STONE
Custom made from Sunbrella fabric
Custom made headboard
Collected from our travels
Thanks Adrianna & Paul!
Images: Marcia Prentice
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